By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
November 18, 2021
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracted around 12.1 million visitors in 2020, cementing its lead as America’s most visited national park. Not only do you experience beautiful mountain scenery with a number of recreational opportunities but also a land steeped with history and tradition. That, in turn, has drawn entertainment such as shopping and outdoor shows to the surrounding areas. Ranging from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Townsend in Tennessee to Bryson City and Cherokee in North Carolina, these places to go are fun for the whole family. You get much more than a park when you visit the Smokies; you get a vacation destination for all ages.